The Book Nook: What I read In March

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Another Month has come to an end and I feel like the year is moving at light speed. But I was busy reading as per usual and here’s what I managed to get through. This month is special because the books on this list are actually books I own! I’m reading actual books on my bookshelf. Without further adeiu here’s what I read this month.

Broke Millennial By Erin Lowrey: I really liked this book! I saw that my friend Grace read it on Goodreads, and I decided to pick it up. It had so much helpful information that was applicable if you’ve already made some financial mistakes and good info if you are just getting started. I for sure thing everyone should check this book out. It’s such a helpful read! If you can get a copy to keep I would for sure highlight lots and refer back to it regularly.

Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman: This book is a rough read. At first I thought maybe I’d chosen a bad book but I didn’t. This story covers abuse, coping with abuse, and how terribly it can affect someone afterwards. It also dives into the process of how a person can start to come out of that fog. This story is so important. I don’t end up purchasing a lot of the books I get from the library but this one is going on the purchase list. Even though it’s a rough read, it’s an important story to hear and learn from.

The Dinner List By Rebecca Serle: I picked this up because I saw Jenny Han (To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Trilogy) recommended it in a Bustle article. I like her books so I decided to give her recommendation a go. I am SO GLAD I read this book. I loved it. It’s so beautiful. It’s sad, it’s happy, I cried. I loved this books so much and the end…gah! This is a contender for one of my favorite reads of 2019 and it’s only the first full week of March. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up because it’s amazing!

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I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella: I’ve been reading Sophie Kinsella’s books since I discovered the Shopaholic Series. This most recent book didn’t tickle my fancy too much. I didn’t like most of the characters and I found it to be slow for the most part. I just am not a fan. I’m never upset when I read a book and don’t like because I like reading and trying new things. But I wouldn’t recommend this one.

Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis: I really loved this book. I read Girl Wash Your Face last year and actually purchased it and that’s saying something- I am on a budget so I don’t get to buy books often. With this book I decided I didn’t want to wait 84 years to get the book from the library so I pre-ordered it. It was worth the money. I walked away with a confidence boost AND some practical tips to hit some big goals that I have this year…and for life.

The Essential Rumi by Rumi: I see Rumi quotes on instagram all the time and I decided I wanted to read more. I am glad I did. I realized I don’t know much about poetry. This year I’ve read 3 books of poetry and it’s opening my eyes to the genre. I loved the poems. They felt like stories. There were some beautiful quotes within the poems, but I’m glad to see them in context of the whole poem.

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Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han: I have had this book for years. I actually pre-ordered it when it officially dropped and I never read it because I didn’t want the series to be over. I read the book yesterday- on a plane to Orlando-the whole book and I just…thank you Jenny. I loved this story. It was the perfect “end” to a series that I loved so much. I felt so much reading this story. I was on a plane wailing over this book. If…no when I write books I hope I can channel as much emotion into them as Jenny Han does into hers.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: I really enjoyed this story. This was an earlier book by Celeste Ng and I can see her growth from here to little fires everywhere. I loved the complexity of the characters but the story was a little hard to follow at times. overall though it was a stellar book!

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The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown: This book read me all my receipts. This book talks about living a wholehearted life. The most impactful topic in the book was about worthiness. I struggle with that topic a lot, and I needed to hear this book. I wish so hard I had read this sooner. This is a lovely book that offers so much encouragement and I loved it so much.

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I liked this book. It was a bit slow to me but when it gets going it really gets going! It’s very Hunger Games adjacent. I mean like there a couple of different details that are different and that’s about it. But I liked the Hunger Games and I’m super into this book. I’m excited to read more of the series. I’ve already requested book 2 from the library!

Love Does by Bob Goff: This is my second Bob Goff book in a month and I am so pleased I read this. This is a series of stories about how love…does :) I like reading books like this because it reminds me of the good in the world and there are some people that are still fighting the good fight. I hope one day I can be as giving as Mr. Goff, but for now I’ll just read his books and enjoy the stories and work on getting there.

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: I loved this book! I read the Hate U Give last year, and I really enjoyed it heavy as it was. This book I enjoyed more. This book wasn't as heavy as the first-to a certain degree, which I appreciated. I really liked the focus on family and healing. I loved that it exists in the same universe/neighborhood. The ending was...no spoilers but I loved it. This book is just such a joy. I can't wait to read Ms. Thomas' next one!

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi: I liked this book, but it took a long time to get there. The story was a little convoluted at times, and the dual perspectives between Penny and Sam didn't make sense right at first to me, but eventually it got there. The overall premise was really nice, and I liked the message but the writing style wasn't my favorite-but I'm not mad I read this book. I knocked it off my to read list and that's a win for me :)

Here’s the thing about this month. I barely made my goal. I say that every month, but I finished my last book at 12 pm on Saturday. That’s super late for me. My reading goal this year is super lofty I must say and I’m determined to make it. But I won’t lie and say it’s not without stress. I’m thankful for this month I’m learning to be a little nicer to myself in my goal. I’m excited for next month- I have some fun books up to read, but I’m going to try to be a little more gracious to myself about how much I read. That said…I hit my 13 books by the skin of my teeth and I’m thankful I made it. On to the next month- hopefully it’ll be a little easier.